Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kataragama/Tissamaharama - Sri Lanka

En-routing from Nurwara Eliya (Negambo & Kandy) to Katagarama, instead of just staring out of the windows throughout the monotonous long journey, we informed the tour guide that short stops will be appreciated at some of eye-catching places should we be passing by. For whatever reason, the guide didn’t seem pleased, but since we persisted, he couldn’t say no. In fact, such a coincident actually just after that, we spotted Rawana Water Fall which seemed the spot locals and tourists were flocking towards to. We hurriedly got down at the corner of the winding road, walked closer to the gushing from high up there water, stood around to admire the serene view and then continued our journey until we came across an ancient temple further down after an hour.  

Not everyone, just the two of us got down and walked into the temple and around the small compound, and within 10 minutes, we were back on the road again. 
In between, at about 11am, at the suggestion of the guide, we had a breather at a hilltop café for hot beverage and relaxed by walking to the corner of the hill for the beauty breathtaking view.

Following this, lunch was next  and by 2.30pm, we were pleasantly greeted by the staff and the owner himself at the attractive Orkrin Hotel.

But since our rooms were not ready because the previous guests had just checkout, somehow or rather we quickly refreshed and spontaneously again as suggested by the guide, we walked quite a long distance to “Vedasitikanda” temple situated 2500 feet high on Wadasiti Mountain (Wadasiti Kanda) and 4Km from south-east of Kataragama.
According to the history. God Katargama had lived in the mountain long ago and had thrown an arrow from there where the Kataragama Maha Devalaya was later built. This temple is a sacred location to both Buddhists and Hindus and it will take two hours of walk to reach the peak of the mountain where there is more than just beautiful scenery to observe. We however opted for the open truck stuffed to the maximum with people ride through the rocky, bumpy and dusty road to arrive at the hilltop. 

First thing first, we offered prayers, thereafter walked around the whole area and gazed at the far and beyond absolutely mind blowing view. 

Subsequently, we rested for a while, returned back to the ground level and continued with sightseeing at Katagarama temple - a temple complex dedicated to Kataragama dewiyo, one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Sinhala Buddhists, Hindu Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan Moors and the Vedda people. It is a collection of modest shrines, of which the one dedicated to Kataragama deviyo is the most important. For most of the past millennia, it was a jungle shrine very difficult to access, today it is accessible by an all-weather road. Almost all the shrines and the nearby Kiri Vehera are managed by Buddhists. Apart from shrines dedicated to Teyvāṉai and Shiva and mosques. Katagarama temple is a famous and must visit tourist spot, obviously since there were so many locals and foreign tourists in the huge area.

We spend around two hours here, later returned to Okrin hotel for a night-over and dinner. Fellow tour buddies preferred to dine at the downstairs dining area whereas I requested for the platter consisting of yellow rice, roast chicken and veggies in my room.

After tucking into the meal, I stood on the huge balcony for a while and soon, I didn’t feel really comfortable staring at the darkness, so, I decided to call it a day.  

Up next - Galle. 

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  1. That's a comfy looking room.
    And those are really interesting places to visit.

  2. nice post along with beautiful clicks

  3. yet another great review...Thanks so much for introducing us to different places..Brilliant:)

  4. Nice write up and awesome pictures.... :)

  5. A pleasure to go through your post, Nava. You must be one of the most well-travelled bloggers! Hearty plate of food in the last spoon. Feel like grabbing a spoon.:)

  6. Beautiful pics. You look pretty and place looks so cool!

  7. What an interesting place to visit and see what it has to offer.

  8. Great pics
    I love your blog
    Would you like to follow each other?
    I 'll follow back after it


  9. This place was so good.. Thanks fr showing us around..

  10. Aw, I would love to be at the hilltop admiring the views! xoxo

  11. I missed this place during my visit, it is good to know about it from your post.

  12. Nice pics. Comfy room to relax while travelling. Climate seems toggling


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